Our 3 day week has been a hotchpotch of imagination, negotiation and pineapples!
Our ananas (pineapple) journey from fruit to plant and back to fruit has entered a new phase! We have taken our sprouted pineapple tops from their jam jars and given them new homes in the garden. At first we dug deep holes for them around our new outside sink as a start of a garden close to the classroom. Pak Brett and Pak Made came to visit our handiwork and we discovered that pineapples need far more light than we had allowed them ant that they thrive in sunny spots. So we had to dig them up again super gently, taking care not to damage their roots and replant them in even deeper holes in our top garden. The Green Team had us add water into the holes first rather than after they were planted so that they roots had a drink as soon as they were tucked up in their new soil homes.
We have all estimated how long we think it will take for our plants to first show baby pineapples, considering which month they would appear in. We wondered what their colour they will be when they start to grow?
Hawaii produces about 1/3 of all pineapples in the world.
Pineapples are a cluster of hundreds of fruitlets.
Pineapples take about 18-20 months to become ready to harvest.
Pineapples are native to South America before Christopher Columbus discovered them in 1493. The Spanish brought them to The Philippines and from there they were spread across South East Asia in the 19th Century by them and the Dutch.
Pineapple is the only edible fruit of its kind, it is part of the group called the Bromeliads.
Pineapples contain the bromelain enzyme which can break down proteins, so you can use them to tenderize meat.
One pineapple plant can produce one pineapple at a time.
Pineapples ripen faster upside down.
People in Italy can now enjoy fresh pineapples from Indonesia after the first container – containing 18 tons of Indonesian pineapples – arrived in the port city of Venice on 9th June 2017
Full Moon Ceremony
Could you hear the chatter on Thursday as our day started with the social activity of building our offering Kwangen? It must have been a Full of Moon, as the children arrived full of bubbly excitement dressed in their colourful kabaya’s, udongs and sarongs ready for the special ceremony.
We ignored the rain and Ibu Ria shared what each part of the ceremony is about and who or what to send love or thanks to. We already were familiar of the pattern of the ceremony and now are starting to understand what we are doing as we hold up the flowers, get splashed with the special water or eat the grains of rice.
Our carousel activities this week have seen us work in all our proficiency areas in teams. We had to try and find the trick of sorting the red animals and rabbits into venn diagrams, hunted for rhymes all over the playground and sang songs in Bahasa Indonesia linking our colour and animal vocabulary and also introduced action verbs: terbang (fly), melompat (hop), gonggongan (bark) and berenang (swim).
Sorry no previews for Bahasa Indonesia. You will have to come to our Indonesian Assembly on Wednesday 5th December to listen to us there.
Thematics and following our curiosities.
Everyone has had the chance to follow their own interests as part of our thematic as we have descended to The Earth and are considering the different gifts it has to offer us. Some of us have been intrigued by maps and what the world looks like both when it is flat and as a globe. There are 7 continents don’t you know!
Inside the classroom some have been enjoying the squishy, soft and smooth feel of clay whilst making sculptures for our fairy’s to enjoy whilst others have been drawing dinosaurs or tried their hand at sewing; adding buttons and beads to give detail to their work.
As well as digging canals, building damns and altering the way water moves through our mud areas we have been balancing on wobbly logs and enjoying the soft scent of the flowers in our garden areas. Of course our collection of exoskeletons and fallen wings has continued to grow and some stunning patterns on leaves have kept us drinking in the world around us. It was curious to see how the zillions of tadpoles that had hatched in our pond last week were no longer there but we did spot some very happy looking and rather fat fish hanging out near the bottom of our pond…hmmmm!
As part of our Mindful journey, Ibu Ria gave us all a special piece of material. We looked at it, noticing any pattern, whether we could see though it, the way of was woven. We noticed how it felt with our fingers and on our skin. We wafted it, threw it, blew it and danced with it.
Key Diary Dates:
Wednesday 5th December: EY Indonesian Assembly
Thursday 13th December: Primary and Early Years Thematic Gallery
Friday 14th December: Science Fair
Thursday 20th December: Last day of Semester 1
Happy weekend everyone,
The Kindy Team